La Paz (Agenzia Fides) - The Bolivian Minister of Education, Adrián Quelca, met for talks with representatives of the Catholic educational institutions in Bolivia under the direction of the Military Bishop Fernando Bascopé Müller.
The focus of the meeting were initiatives and experiences of the Church in the field of education, which were recognized by Minister Quelca, who in turn expressed his willingness to coordinate with the educational work of the Catholic Church in order to promote an improvement in education in the country.
According to the Bolivian Bishops' Conference (CEB), 18% of educational institutions in Bolivia are run by the Catholic Church, which employs more than 26,000 teachers and provides comprehensive training to more than 554,980 students. The Department for Catholic Education of the Bolivian Bishops' Conference expects positive impulses from the exchange with the Ministry of Education. In Bolivia, the contribution of the Catholic Church to education is a key element for the development of the country even in times of the pandemic (see Fides, 9/06/2020).
There have been moments of tension between Church and government, such as when the Bolivian Bishops raised their voices in a letter to the parents of the students of the 1,523 Catholic educational institutions in the country, due to the ordinance issued by the Ministry of Public Education which removed from the management of institutes and universities the competence on the choice of teachers (see Fides 16/03/2018). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 18/11/2020)